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A Marxist analysis of the value-based education portrayed in the Swedish curriculum for upper secondary school

Krantz, Susanna LU (2016) ÄENC51 20162
Educational Sciences
English Studies
Abstract
The aim of this study is to analyse the Swedish national curriculum from a Marxist perspective. I aim to examine how a Marxist reading can aid in our understanding of not only the document itself and the ideological views portrayed in it, but also the implications this has for English teachers in Sweden today. The schooling which takes place in classrooms, as well as outside of them, is political by its nature and the knowledge taught has the potential to influence future political decisions of learners. The reasoning for using a politically charged focal lens is to achieve a more thorough analysis by showing known information in a new light and thus gaining new insight into the national curricular documents. In order for teachers to work... (More)
The aim of this study is to analyse the Swedish national curriculum from a Marxist perspective. I aim to examine how a Marxist reading can aid in our understanding of not only the document itself and the ideological views portrayed in it, but also the implications this has for English teachers in Sweden today. The schooling which takes place in classrooms, as well as outside of them, is political by its nature and the knowledge taught has the potential to influence future political decisions of learners. The reasoning for using a politically charged focal lens is to achieve a more thorough analysis by showing known information in a new light and thus gaining new insight into the national curricular documents. In order for teachers to work with and to feel their teaching is supported by the national curriculum, analysing the curricular document is vital. The purpose of this paper can therefore be said to further our understanding and familiarity of the national curricular document along with providing new perspectives on the ideological standpoints that are shown in these. The results showed that the view portrayed in the Swedish national curriculum of what is considered a democratic necessity differ from that of educational Marxist theory, nor is the student’s influence over their own education as great as Marxist theorists propagate for. Whereas Marxist education sees education as a tool in the creation of tomorrow’s society, the Swedish curriculum focusses on the dominant values of today. (Less)
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Krantz, Susanna LU
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ÄENC51 20162
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L3 - Miscellaneous, Projetcs etc.
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Curriculum, Educational Marxism, Ideology, Citizenship formation, Democratic values
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English
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8904252
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study is to analyse the Swedish national curriculum from a Marxist perspective. I aim to examine how a Marxist reading can aid in our understanding of not only the document itself and the ideological views portrayed in it, but also the implications this has for English teachers in Sweden today. The schooling which takes place in classrooms, as well as outside of them, is political by its nature and the knowledge taught has the potential to influence future political decisions of learners. The reasoning for using a politically charged focal lens is to achieve a more thorough analysis by showing known information in a new light and thus gaining new insight into the national curricular documents. In order for teachers to work with and to feel their teaching is supported by the national curriculum, analysing the curricular document is vital. The purpose of this paper can therefore be said to further our understanding and familiarity of the national curricular document along with providing new perspectives on the ideological standpoints that are shown in these. The results showed that the view portrayed in the Swedish national curriculum of what is considered a democratic necessity differ from that of educational Marxist theory, nor is the student’s influence over their own education as great as Marxist theorists propagate for. Whereas Marxist education sees education as a tool in the creation of tomorrow’s society, the Swedish curriculum focusses on the dominant values of today.},
  author       = {Krantz, Susanna},
  keyword      = {Curriculum,Educational Marxism,Ideology,Citizenship formation,Democratic values},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Marxist analysis of the value-based education portrayed in the Swedish curriculum for upper secondary school},
  year         = {2016},
}